Last year's seniors completed their ENG/ENW 481/482 English Honors Theses last fall. Congratulations on all their hard work!
Bidget Kelly, "The value of LIberal Arts: the Future Effects of the Politicization and Commercialization of Higher Education"
This project is about the outcome of what is currently being done to the liberal arts and what that will mean for students and society.
ALIVIA LOPEZ, “ART OF THE REVIEW: THE CURRENT STATE OF CRITICISM”
The Internet has made it seem as though anyone can be a critic, therefore lessening the importance of the critic. However, by studying the art form of the review and the current state of criticism it becomes apparent the genre of the review serves an important role in our current society.
NORA MONCADA, “JOYCE'S DUBLINERS: CONSTRUCTS OF GENDER AND THEIR COMPLEXITIES IN EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY IRELAND"
James Joyce's Dubliners offers a vivid topographic survey of Ireland's social and cultural fabric, using the city of Dublin as a lens for his examination. Each of the collection's fifteen stories maps out unique characters, undergoing distinct journeys in private and public life, while caught in a paralyzing web of residual sociocultural values from the Victorian period. There is no greater paralysis experienced than by the men and women of Dubliners as they struggle with stifling gender norms carried over from the nineteenth century. A focus on three principal stories--"Eveline," "A Painful Case," and "The Dead"--supplemented by a brief survey of the collection's other pieces and an analysis of secondary scholarly research, will demonstrate how men and women both accommodate and rally against pre-established gender constructs.
YESICA MONTESINO, “HOMBRO A HOMBRO CON NUESTRAS MUJERES: THE CREATION OF REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN DURING THE TRUJILLO ERA”
The dictator of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo, created revolutionary women who ignored the female expectations and were willing to do anything in order to get the rights they deserved and a peaceful household.
GREGORY NEMETH, “AGENTS OF SOCIETY IN DETECTIVE FICTION”
The interpretation of society through agents of order who want to restore order and an agent of chaos who wants to destabilize society in detective fiction.
YOCASTA NOVAS, "BLACK IS NOT BEAUTIFUL: THE EFFECTS OF IDEALISTIC WHITE BEAUTY ON DARK-SKINNED BLACK WOMEN AND GIRLS"
This work uses American texts such as Toni Morrison's, "The Bluest Eye" and Zora Neale Hurston's, Colorstruck to explore this issue and its effects on dark-skinned girls and women over time to the present.
BIANCA RUIZ, “TRANSFORMING TRAUMA: AN EXPLORATION OF HEALING THROUGH WRITING”
My thesis explores the art of writing as a healing practice. I explain how writing can help people overcome trauma by having them write about the trauma they face and evaluating how/why the trauma has affrcted them. I aim to prove my thesis by writing my own meta-memoir in which I relate stories of my childhood trauma and explain how over the years I came to understand my trauma by writing about it. In reality the memoir takes pain and transforms it into someting amazing...hope.
VERONICA SEDA, ”THE PROTEAN POWER OF POETRY OVER THE CLASSROOM AND BEYOND"
This project will reveal that poetry writing proves to be an effective tool for strengthening cognitive, academic, and social skills that are not only relevant to interdisciplinary learning, but provide a foundation for living a successful life.
JEAN CARLOS SOTO, “PHANTOMS IN FLIGHT”
Phantoms In Flight is a dystopian novel-in-progress set in the aftermath of a mysterious drone strike, following entwined narratives that depict desolate, desperate, and forsaken survivors who must navigate the five-boroughs—a segregated landscape of mistrust—under the ever-present threat of a tranquil, empty sky.
STEPHANIE TRINIDAD, “THE EVOLUTION OF A GENRE: HOW WILLIAM GOLDING INFLUENCED A GENERATION OF WRITERS THROUGH LORD OF THE FLIES”
William Golding’s Lord of the Flies changed how the modern day young adult genre is written. Authors have taken his views on nature versus nurture and expanded it to include multiple variables, including female characters and disease to show a variation of the true measure of mankind that Golding's novel demonstrated in the 1950's in the modern young adult fiction novel.
JODELL ULERIE, “CONDEMNED TO FREEDOM: EXERCISES IN BAD FAITH”
Every individual has the burden of unrestricted choice that we come to place an endless number of restrictions upon. Using the writings of Sartre and Camus this paper examines how humanities inherent access to unlimited choice is given away by characters in the works Invisible Man and Madame Bovary.
SUMEYA YAFAIE, “AN EXPLORATION OF LITERARY TEXTS COMPARING 18TH-CENTURY ENGLISH FEMINISM AND ARAB-AMERICAN ISLAMIC FEMINISM TODAY”
The literary works of 18th-Century English Feminist writers such as Mary Astell, Lady Mary Montagu, Françoise de Graffigny, and Mary Wollstonecraft along with present day Arab-American Islamic Feminist writers are used in exploring and comparing the means women writers take in constructing strong female characters either through personal narratives of their experiences or through their fictional characters. The major theme uncovered aligns with a woman’s ability to create her own identity and set of beliefs by breaking away/separating herself from her “home”, the cultural and societal construction of rigid gender roles that perpetrate female subjugation, as a means of creating a personal “homeland” within herself. Lastly, the question of whether or not a woman, who creates a diverging personal identity from the one that she was born into, can establish and maintain a successful relationship/marriage after the split has been made or if this woman must remain solitary in order to preserve her discovered/created freedoms is debated using specific examples from the readings.
Faculty mentors guiding this year’s seniors were Professors Amend, Bryant, Cleland, Fisher, Hyman, Loscocco, MacKenzie, McElligott,
O’Boy, Schmidt, Walia, and Yood.